The teenager died of organ failure after a failed operation


Chennai: Teenage footballer Priya R, whose right leg was amputated in a botched operation at a government hospital, died on Tuesday of multiple organ failure.

A 17-year-old girl underwent arthroscopic surgery on November 7 at Periyar Nagar Hospital in Chennai due to pain in her right ligament. After the operation, Priya complained of pain in her leg, but the doctors ignored her.

Accident doctor DK Somasundar and assistant professor of orthopedics Dr A Paul Ram Sankar were suspended from their posts for alleged medical negligence.

Priya was then shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital (RGGGH) as her condition started to deteriorate. He had two more surgeries on Nov. 9 there.

The doctor at RGGGH said that muscle breakdown caused a protein called myoglobin to spike in the urine. This elevated creatinine level leads to kidney failure. After that, his blood pressure dropped and his liver and heart failed.

He was treated in the intensive care unit, but his condition did not improve and he died early in the morning.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim’s family and a government job to one of his brothers.

“We will file a criminal report with the police and take action against negligent post-operative care,” the minister said.

Priya was a first year student B.Sc Physical education and a resident of Vyasarpadi. His father worked as a private security guard.

Priya’s family and friends protested against the hospital and demanded the arrest of the accused doctors.

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